For those of you who know me, you know my softest spot is for animals. Without them, life just wouldn’t be the same. We develop a relationship with them that isn’t defined by language, age, race, or gender. We communicate with them as members of our own family because they are. And although their time here seems limited, the love and memories they give us stay with us forever.
So while other people are writing about how to make your home pet-friendly, I think it’s more appropriate to think that pets have made their home more people-friendly. They open our minds to the world through their eyes. They allow us in their home, to share their days and nights, to play with us when we are happy and to be there for us when we are sad. They hold a gift that can only be opened by letting them into our lives. One look at their faces and we’re butter.
Sadly, friends of mine lost their Sam this week after 15 ½ years…a heartbreaking day that will take time to pass before their memories are filled with all the love and good times they shared together. Unfortunately, most of us have shared a similar day. In Sammy’s honor, I’d like to take a look at some other pets who have shared their homes with us. This is a collection of pictures I’ve collected privately over time out of my love for animals. They show us just who the king (or sometimes queen) of the house is. Some of them come from some amazing websites which, if you hover over the image, you will be able to visit. My favorite sites are Interior Design Sense and Desire to Inspire which has a weekly posting every Monday about pets on furniture. Others are my own pets or those of friends. Notice how comfortable they seem lounging on their furniture. Enjoy.